Update on Hall of Famer Rod Carew

In late September, Hall of Famer Rod Carew suffered a massive heart attack near his California home. In October, he had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) surgically implanted to help maintain the pumping ability of his heart. The LVAD helps patients maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can't effectively work on its own.

Rod was discharged from the hospital in late October and is now rehabbing in home care in Southern California.

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has posted a story that provides an update from Rod on his current health status, and Rod has provided the quote below, in which you can see, he is looking forward to being back in Cooperstown next summer, the 25th anniversary of his 1991 Hall of Fame induction.

I am thankful to the wonderful team of doctors and caring nurses that have given me a second chance at life. They do wonderful work. Thanks to them, I can eagerly anticipate being on the field for my 50th Spring Training this March. I also look forward to returning to Cooperstown this July to mark the 25th anniversary of my induction in the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Famer Rod Carew